Montana Department of Justice Announces Winner of 2017 Missing Children’s Poster Contest

Today in Great Falls, Bryan Lockerby, Administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice, presented Michael Faccenda, a fifth-grader in Ms. Dige’s class at Lincoln Elementary School in Great Falls, with the 2017 award for the Montana Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest.

Poster artwork was judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and reflection of the contest’s theme. Written poster applications were judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar.  Michael’s poster reflects a brightly colored playroom full of toys, but there is no child playing with them.  Instead, there is an outline of a missing child, symbolizing his absence.  Michael received a $100 cash prize and his poster will be submitted to the national contest.

“This program allows Montana fifth-graders to compete in state and national poster contests while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety,” said Jennifer Viets, Montana’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager.  “It is an honor to submit Michael’s poster to the national Missing Children’s Day Poster contest.  His poster reminds us that a child can go missing anywhere.”  There are currently 71 missing school-aged children in Montana.

This is the ninth time Montana has participated in the annual national Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest.  Michael’s winning poster is available on Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons website at www.doj.mt.gov/missing-persons. This website also provides information on Montana’s AMBER Alert and Missing Persons programs, which are operated by the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice.